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omecoming jn^ October 24-25, 200
Dr. Randall J. Webb, '65, '66
Northwestern State University
As I write this letter, we are beginning a new academic year at
Northwestern. There is no doubt that this is going to be another
outstanding year for the university.
The new year should be especially noteworthy for the Louisiana
Scholars' College as it returns to Morrison Hall and the Department
of Family and Consumer Sciences which also returns to its old home
after a two year absence. Each building has undergone a complete renovation and will provide
our students with an outstanding facility to learn in. Both the Scholars" College and the
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences have waited anxiously to return and will take full
advantage of their facilities.
We feel that enrollment will be strong this year Our faculty and staff have worked
extremely hard to attract new students to Northwestern and those students who enroll are more
prepared to succeed in the classroom. New. more stringent admissions standards are set to take
effect in 2005. so we have shifted our focus to students who are prepared for the academic
rigors of college when they arrive.
Northwestern is proud to be the lead agency in a three-year. $600,000 grant from the
National Science Foundation under its Partnerships for Innovation Program. The grant
establishes the North Louisiana Partnership for Innovation (NLPI) and will bring together 1 1
institutions of higher education in North Louisiana and the Biomedical Research Foundation of
Northwest Louisiana to seek out technology opportunities from academia and business and
industry. This is an exciting opportunity that could give North Louisiana a jump start and
Northwestern is ready to take a leadership role in this effort.
We are also expecting another banner year in athletics. All of our student-athletes and
coaches work extremely hard and represent the university well on the field and in the
classroom. A well-rounded athletic program is an important part of the university. I am proud
that we have developed a program that seeks to be the best it can in all sports, yet never loses
sight that the most important thing is to prepare our student-athletes for life after their playing
days are over
I hope you will be able to join us at Homecoming on Oct. 24-25. The Alumni Association
has planned an enjoyable two days of activities. As president, I am also honored to induct this
year's members of the NSU Hall of Distinction, the Long Purple Line. These five individuals,
Lt. Gen. Joseph M. Cosumano, Jn, executive Grover Davis, journalist Gary Fields, attorney
Theodore "Ted" L. Jones and nursing educator Dr. Patricia Thompson, embody many of the
values Northwestern represents and show what a special place Northwestern is.
Dr. Chris Maggio, '85,
Director Alumni Affairs
Dear Fellow Alumni and Friends:
Go, ye Demons, take the field...
For years students, alumni and supporters have been singing the
NSU fight song as our beloved Demons compete against our arch
rivals in athletic competition. We have been blessed with such a rich
athletic tradition at Northwestern. The men and women who have participated in athletics have
garnered regional, national and even international attention for our university.
Oh, the stories that 1 have heard... Parker Wiggins scoring a touchdown in the State Fair
Classic. Walter Ledet's phenomenal exploits on the playing field to distinguish himself as
NSU's first All-American. The great 1953 Gulf States Champions Football team...
I can almost hear the crowd cheering in the Men's Gym as John McConathy filled up the
nets. Bernard "Tussie" Waggoner dazzled the crowd. Dick Brown slashing across the court or
Coach "Red" Thomas letting the referees know that they were missing a good ball game.
I was fortunate enough to witness our 400-meter relay team win the National
Championship in 1981 in Baton Rouge cheering as my heart raced as fast as Mark Duper's legs
were moving as he carried the baton across the finish line. I can still feel the chills of
excitement as I entered the basketball arena in Dayton, Ohio to watch our NSU Demons take
part in the 2001 NCAA Basketball tournament. These memories and the many, many more will
never fade away.
All of this said, 1 still feel the proudest for our Demon athletes when I sit in Prather
Coliseum each December and May and watch as they walk across the stage, shake our
President's hand and receive their degree from Northwestern State University.
...and fight for dear old Demonland.
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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Adrian Howard Arlington, Texas, 1989
Carlos Jones Ruston, 1993
Gail Jones Natchez, 1981, 1998
Matt Koury. Leesville, 1995
Bryant Lewis Haynesville, 1958
Carroll Long Tyler, Texas, 1970
David Morgan Austin, Texas, 1973
K. Michael Sawrie Alexandria, 1972
Dr. B.L. Shaw. Shreveport, 1955, 1960
Glenn Talbert Shreveport, 1964
Ginger Wiggins Jackson, Miss., 1986
Jimmy Williams Winnfield, 1993
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Demons in the Pros: A great tradition grows
Whether watching TV in Tacoma or
Thibodaux, New York City or
Natchitoches, Dallas or Dubach, if you're
a sports fan it's easier than ever to follow
fellow Northwestern alumni.
Last year, no less a baseball expert than Hall of Fame
announcer Vin Scully was heaping praise on Lawrence's
shoulders after he shut out the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Lawrence later matched nine scoreless innings with future
Hall of Fame left-hander Randy Johnson of the Arizona
Diamondbacks. His best outing this year: a two-hit complete
game shutout against Arizona, outdueling former Cy Young
Award winner Curt Schillina.
Consider this nifty two-night stretch of national
On Monday night. Aug. 4. there were two Demon football
standouts in the spotlight of ABC's Monday Night Football
when the Kansas City Chiefs met the Green Bay Packers in
the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio.
Chiefs' starting left tackle Marcus Spears (No. 70) drew
praise from analyst John Madden for his blocking skills.
Madden also dished out accolades toward young Packers'
backup quarterback Craig Nail (No. 16). who in 2002 led
NSU to a monumental win at TCU and into the Division I-AA
playoffs while setting the Demons' single-season passing
The next night. Aug. 5. baseball fans
around the nation saw Padres right-
hander Brian Lawrence strike out
slugging Sammy Sosa of the Chicago
Cubs during an impressive six-inning
stint in a game televised by cable giant
WGN-TV. Lawrence (No. 50). the
1998 Southland Conference Pitcher of
the Year while helping the Demons
win the conference championship, was
San Diego's starting pitcher on
Opening Day 2003 and has been their
ace all this season, his second in the big
Lawrence is the first Northwestern baseball player in a half-
century to make it to the big leagues. The other Demon major
leaguer was Jim Willis, who pitched two seasons for the
Cubs in 1953-54.
Of course, the lion's share of professional athletes produced
at Northwestern have been football
players. There are seven former Demons
currently active in the National Football
League, including Spears, a nine-year
veteran, and Nail, who was the 2003
All-NFL Europe QB after sparkling for
the Scottish Claymores.
Emerging as a star is fourth-year
Chicago Bears safety Mike Green. The
was the final player chosen in the
2000 NFL Draft, but defied the odds
and made the cut. Last year. Green
(No. 43) led all NFL defensive backs
with 1 29 tackles. Like Green, fifth-
year pro Kenny Wright of the
Houston Texans wears No. 43 and is a
Wright, who played his first three
years with Minnesota, scored a touchdown last year against
Several Demon pro t'ooiball players were honored at a 1987 gathering (1-r): Ross Gwinn, Petey Perot. Glenn Talbert, Larry Robinson. Gary Reasons.
Charlie Tolar. Wayne Walker, Charlie Hennigan. Sammy Joe Odom, Randy Walker. Ferrell Yarbrough and James Hall.
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Pittsburgh on a fumble return. The group also includes Tony
Taylor (No. 36), a third-year running back for the Super Bowl
champion Tampa Bay Bucs; Nathan Black (No. 83), a
second-year receiver for the Carolina Panthers; and rookie
cornerback and punt returner Terrence McGee (also No. 24)
of the Buffalo Bills. Taylor won't play this year after suffering
a season-ending knee injury in an exhibition game in Japan.
Northwestern has active pro athletes in three other sports,
track and field, along with men's and women's basketball.
There could be two NSU graduates competing in track and
field for Team USA in the 2004 Olympic Games, following in
the footsteps of the trailblazer, four-time Demon Ail-American
triple jumper LaMark Carter, who reached the 2000
Olympics in Sydney, Australia. After an injury ended his nine-
year professional career, which included six USA
championships and many trips around the globe. Carter has
recently joined the Northwestern coaching staff under veteran
mentor Leon Johnson. Filling Carter's shoes competitively
has been Kenta Bell, who also won four All-America awards
for NSU and recently was spotlighted by Track & Field News
after winning the USA Outdoor title with a 57-8 1/2 leap, two
inches shy of his personal record that was an American best in
2002 and earned him a gold medal in the World University
Games in Beijing, China.
In fact, NSU is the answer to a track afficiando's trivia
question: which university is the only one to produce two 57-
foot American triple jumpers?
Carter had a 57-8 lifetime best.
The other potential Olympian just turned pro this summer after
earning his business degree and winning All-America honors
for the third fime in the men's javelin. Latrell Frederick
finished second in the 2002 USA Championships with a 255-5
throw, but suffered a career- threatening elbow injury that
required surgery and an intense seven-month rehabilitation. He
came back to win a third straight Southland Conference crown
last spring and posted what as of mid-August is still the
longest throw by an American in 2003, a 261-3 toss, before a
knee injury curtailed his pro campaign in mid-summer.
Speaking of trivia, there's the
classic pro football puzzler
involving Demons: which
university is the only one to
produce two NFL Rookies of
the Year? NSU, of course,
with the legendary Joe
Delaney (Kansas City, 1981)
and John Stephens (New
They are two of a star-
studded list of Northwestern
products who played pro
Headlining the Demons' NFL Alumni list is 1994 Pro Football
Hall of Fame inductee Jackie Smith, whose 16-year NFL
career was spent as a bone-jarring tight end for St. Louis and
Dallas from 1963-78.
There've been All-Pro stars going back to the dynamic
Demons duo of Charlie Tolar and Charlie Hennigan for the
old Houston Oilers from 1960-66. Hennigan, in fact, set a pair
of pro football records for receptions in a season (101) and
receiving yards in a season
(1,746). The first record
stood until Art Monk broke it
in 1984, and the yardage
mark remained until 1995
when Jerry Rice and Isaac
Bruce surpassed it.
More recently, Northwestern
turned out pro stars like
Delaney, who played in the
Pro Bowl as a rookie and two
years later drowned in a
heroic 1983 rescue attempt;
All-Pro receiver Mark
Duper, an 1 1 -year veteran
with the Miami Dolphins;
quarterback Bobby Hebert,
best known during a 1 3-year
pro career as the passer who
helped the New Orleans
Saints become a winning
team; linebacker Gary
Reasons, a starter on two
New York Giants Super
Bowl championship teams;
nine-year veteran cornerback
Randy Hilliard, who won a
Super Bowl ring with John
Elway's Denver Broncos;
eight-year pro Petey Perot,
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an offensive guard for Philadelphia's 1981 Super Bowl team;
and fullback Sidney Thornton, who won a pair of Super
Bowl rings with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the late 1970s.
Reasons and Delaney have been enshrined in the College
Football Hall of Fame, taking a special place among the more
than 60 Demons who have played at football's highest level.
In basketball, NSU has had several NBA Draft selections,
notably first-rounder John McConathy in 1953. Later. Billy
Reynolds and Larry Terry had brief stints in the NBA, and
now, there are six former Demons playing for pay in "minor"
leagues or overseas. Lady Demon stars Linda Grayson and
Pam Hudson had lengthy European pro careers and Joskeen
Garner played in Europe as recently as last year.
At least six former Demons are currently playing minor
league baseball, hoping to join Lawrence in the big leagues.
Former NSU teammate Brandon Emanuel is closest,
pitching for the Class AAA Salt Lake City Seals, an affiliate
of the World Series champion Anaheim Angels.
In men's tennis, mid-1970s NSU All- American Ricardo
Acuna was a successful player on the world tour, reaching the
singles quarterfinals on the fabled grass courts at Wimbledon
in 1985 and serving on the ATP Policy Board for several years
until his retirement.
Which current Northwestern competitors could expand NSU's
professional athlete alumni chapter? It's impossible to say. but
it's safe to predict that at least one or two competing for the
Demons and Lady Demons in 2003-04 will have the chance to
add to a rich Northwestern tradition.
Listen to the Game
Ever been out of radio range and
unable to access www.nsudemons.com,
frustrated that you can't hear the
Demon football broadcast?
Or maybe you sat
in the stands at a road game,
wondering what NSU's radio crew
had to say.
Now, using your cell phone or a land line,
our radio broadcast is
always an easy phone call away.
Check the "Listen to the Game" button on
or go directly to www.celecast.com,
and sign up for a subscription.
NSU athletics benefits from each sale.
Season tickets are just $90 with lower rates
for shorter periods or single games.
Coutee Scholarship Established
Students at Northwestern State University will
soon be able to benefit from a new scholarship set
by Ellis and Melva Juanita Martinez Coutee of Baton
Rouge. The endowed scholarship was created by a
donation from the Coutees to the NSU Foundation
and matching funds provided by the ExxonMobil
"We are grateful for the continued generosity of
Ellis and Melva Juanita Martinez Coutee which has
had a positive impact on students at Northwestern."
said NSU president Dr. Randall J. Webb.""SeN era!
years ago. the Coutees set up an endowed scholarship
to assist students. Their thoughtfulness has been an
example to others and will encourage others including
the recipients to do something to help others in the
Ellis and Melva Juanita Martinez Coutee are both
Northwestern alumni. Ellis Coutee, a 1960 graduate
in accounting, is a native of Alexandria. While a
student. Coutee was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon
Fraternity, the Newman Club and was on the
Interfraternity Council for two years. Coutee is a
former senior revenue agent and life insurance
specialist with the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
He is in the consulting business with Coutee and
Melva Juanita Martinez Coutee earned a
bachelor's degree in mathematics and business
education in 1958 and a master's degree in
mathematics in 1960. She was a member of Phi
Kappa Phi Honor Society and the Math Club at
Northwestern. A native of Zwolle, she is a former
systems associate with Exxon.
The scholarship is for an undergraduate student
seeking a bachelor's degree in accounting,
mathematics or nursing. The preference is for a
student from Natchitoches. Rapides. Caddo, Bossier
or Sabine Parish or the metropolitan Baton Rouge
area. Recipients must maintain at least a 3.1 grade
point average and earn at least 1 5 hours credit per
"Words cannot express how much we appreciate
the Coutees for helping us fulfill our goal of assisting
NSU students financially." Director of Alumni Affairs
Dr. Chris Maggio said. "Their generosity is an
example of the many ways NSU alumni can give back
to their alma mater."
For more information on the scholarship, contact
the NSU Foundation at (318) 357-4414.
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Long Purple Line
This year's inductees into the NSU Hall of Distinction, the
Long Purple Line, inform us, protect our country or
protect our health. They may also be involved in government
or assisting businesses. Whatever their field, each inductee
has built an impressive career.
The inductees include Lt. Gen. Joseph M. Cosumano, Jr., executive
Grover Davis, journalist Gary Fields, attorney Theodore "Ted" L. Jones and
nursing educator Dr. Patricia Thompson. They will be honored during
Homecoming activities Oct. 24-25. Sixty (60) Northwestern alumni have
been inducted in to the Long Purple Line.
Cosumano has been commanding general of the U.S.
Army Space and Missile Defense Command and U.S.
Army Space Command since April 2001. He earned a
bachelor's and master's degree in industrial technology
Early in his career, Cosumano commanded a battery
Lt. Gen Joseph M. Cosumano jn Germany aud two lu Korca. He has had several
Washington, D.C. assignments including serving as staff officer in the
Missiles Division of the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Research and
Development. Department of the Army and as chief of the Air and Missile
Defense Division, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations,
Department of the Army.
" I was elated to receive this honor. It was one of the highest honors I
have received," said Cosumano. "It means a lot considering I have been
away from Northwestern for so many years. Northwestern was a small
college when I was there and the faculty was concerned with the individual.
Northwestern gave me the foundation that allows me to tackle the technical
challenges I face."
Cosumano gave credit to former faculty member Raymond Christensen
for helping him start his military career.
"I remember Raymond Christensen and his basic concern for students,"
said Cosumano. "He had served in the military and
talked about his service and how valuable it was. More
than anything else he was concerned with giving
students the foundation they needed to continue and do
their best. Serving in the military was as enriching as
Mr. Christensen said it would be."
Davis is chairman and chief executive officer of
Crawford & Company, the world's largest independent
provider of diversified services to insurance
companies, self-insured corporations
and governmental entities. Crawford
has 10,000 employees and more than
700 offices in 65 countries.
He joined Crawford & Company
as an insurance adjuster in 1976 and
began moving up in the company.
Davis was named president and chief
operating officer in 1999.
"I was humbled and speechless
to learn I was chosen," said
Davis. ""I wondered if I was worthy
of this. My association with
Northwestern is something I value."
Davis began attending NSU part-
time while he was stationed at
England Air Force Base in
Alexandria. After taking classes on
the base, he commuted to
Natchitoches from Alexandria each
"I tried taking classes and was
blown away by the quality of the
instructors," he said. "The quality of
the instructors was superior. The
level of attention I received gave me
the incentive to travel 120 miles each
Fields is a
reporter for the
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FBI. the Department of Homeland
Security and other federal and local
law enforcement agencies. He
contributed to the stories that ran in
the Journal on Sept. 12. 2001 which
won the paper the Pulitzer Prize for
breaking news. Fields worked for
USA Today for nine years
specializing in national crime issues.
His coverage of church arsons
helped lead to the establishment of a
federal church arson task force.
In 1997, he was named
Journalist of the Year by the National
Association of Black Journalists and
was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize
for his coverage of church arsons.
Fields received a bachelor's in
broadcast journalism and a master's
in English literature from NSU. He
also worked for the Washington
Times and the Shreveport Times.
"I was stunned and surprised
when I learned I was selected. I
actually called to see if they had the
right person," said Fields. "I work
with people who went to Harvard,
Columbia and other well-known
universities, and I am proud of
Northwestern. It gave me everything
I needed to succeed."
has been a
attorney for 40
years and has worked for governors
John McKeithen, Edwin Edwards,
U.S. Rep. Speedy O. Long and on
the campaign staff of Vice President
Hubert Humphrey in 1968. He also
served as chief counsel for the U.S.
Theodore "Ted" L. Jones
Senate Finance Committee chaired
by former Sen. Russell Long.
For 24 years, Jones was general
counsel for the Louisiana
Democratic Party, a member of the
Louisiana Democratic State Central
Committee and national
committeeman from Louisiana to the
Democratic National Committee. An
expert in legislative and
administrative law and campaign
law, Jones has represented and
advised candidates and office holders
at all levels of government. He has
also represented a number of major
corporations and the State of
Louisiana in Washington, D.C.
"When I came out of the Air
Force, I knew what I had to do," said
Jones. "It became clear to me that
ideas and dreams are worthless
without the education to transform
them into reality. Northwestern
answered my call and provided the
challenge I was looking for and
needed. The school echoed and re-
echoed the message: knowledge is
power, but you have to earn it."
"There is not a single day that I
do not use some of what I was taught
at NSU. My years there made me
appreciate and understand
responsibility for one's duty to
himself, his fellowman and his
community. The fact that I would
even be considered for the Long
Purple Line fills me with an emotion
that I am unable to put into words. I
am most very grateful and deeply
honored, humbled and appreciative
of this lifetime recognition and
Dr. Patricia Thompson
NSU with a
the University of Alabama at
Birmingham and a doctorate in
higher education administration at
the University of North Texas.
From 1982-92 she was a member
of the NSU College of Nursing
faculty. She is currently an
Associate Dean for Baccalaureate
Education at the University of
Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Of
the 2.6 million nurses currently in
the U.S., she is one of only 1,500
that have been inducted as a Fellow
into the American Academy of
Thompson is immediate past
president of Sigma Theta Tau
International, the Honor Society of
Nursing with over 260,000 members
worldwide. She has been credited
with providing leadership nationally
and internationally that influences
practice, education, and policy. Her
scholarship includes numerous
presentations, publications and
"I am absolutely honored,
pleased and excited to receive this
honor," said Thompson. "I think a lot
about Northwestern and to be
recognized in this way is wonderful.
The education I received at
Northwestern was excellent. My
foundations in nursing leadership
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HOMECOMING 2003 SCHEDULE
Thursday, October 23
NSU Retirees Reception
3-4 p.m. - Family & Consumer Science Building
(Upstairs Dining Room)
Reception for all Northwestern Retirees.
Friday, October 24
Homecoming Golf Tournament
Recreation Complex - Come participate in the
annual golf scramble on the 18-hole golf course for
$50 per player (includes golf cart and lunch by
Coach Gene Knecht). Tee time is at 1 :00 p.m. and
lunch will be served at 12:00 p.m. Reservations
can be made by calling Hall Adams at the NSU
Recreation Complex at 318-357-3207.
Alumni Association Board Meeting
10:00 a.m. Room 221, Student Union. Annual
Board of Directors meeting open to the public.
NSU Foundation Board Meeting
1:30 p.m. Cane River Room, Student Union. Open
to the public.
5:00 p.m. (approx.) - Campus/Town Annual
Homecoming Parade for both the Northwestern and
Natchitoches communities. Begins at Prather
Coliseum and ends at the Downtown Riverbank.
Pep rally on the Riverbank will follow parade.
5:45 p.m. -6:45 p.m. - President's Home.
By Invitation Only.
Honoring Alumni Board, Foundation Board,
Distinguished Faculty Recipients, Long Purple
Line Recipients, President's Distinguished Service
7:00 p.m. - Student Union Ballroom
Annual banquet honoring Long Purple Line
Recipients, the President's Distinguished Service
Award Recipient, Distinguished Faculty Award
Recipients and N-Club Inductees. Tickets are $15
per person and can be purchased at the Alumni
Center or by calling 357-4414 or 888-799-6486.
Social prior to the banquet will be held from 6:30-
7:00 p.m. in the lobby of the Student Union.
Alpha Zeta Chapter of Tri Sigma 75'"
7:00 p.m. - Prudhomme Roquier House
For more information, call Reatha Cox @ 357-
5559or Jennifer Anderson @ 357-4179.
Saturday, October 25
College of Education Reunion
8:00 a.m. -Teachers Education Building
All graduates of the College of Education are
invited to attend a breakfast that will honor the
inductees of the College's Hall of Distinguished
Educators. For more information, call (318) 357-
4414 or 888-799-6486.
University Bookstore Open
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Student Union
Go by the bookstore and buy all of your NSU
N-Club Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
10 a.m. - Prather Coliseum
Family & Consumer Science Building
10:00 a.m. - 1 2:00 noon - FACS Building
Stop by and see the newly renovated FACS
Open for tours.
Alpha Zeta Chapter of Tri Sigma
10:00 a.m. - 1 1:30 a.m. - Lodge on Greek Hill
Open for tours.
College of Business Alumni Brunch
1 1 :00 a.m. - Natchitoches Room, Russell Hall
All graduates of the College of Business are invited
to attend a brunch that will honor inductees of the
College's Hall of Distinction. For more
information, call (318) 357-5161.
Alpha Zeta Chapter of IVi Sigma Tailgating
1 1 :30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Tailgating Field
Look for the Tri Sigma Tent.
1 1 :30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Tailgating Field
The Alumni Association will be serving plate
lunches for $5 per person. All NSU Alumni are
invited to come by tent and grab something to eat
before the game. It will be a great time to visit
with friends you haven't seen in a while.
1 1 :30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Tailgating Field adjacent
to Turpin Stadium. Various groups, including the
Greek organizations, N-Club and College of
Education will be tailgating prior to the football
1953 Football Team Reunion
12:00 Stroud Room, Athletic Fieldhouse
1953 Swim Team Reunion
12:00 Stroud Room, Athletic Fieldhouse
2:00 p.m. - Turpin Stadium
Enjoy the pre-game show by the Spirit of
Northwestern Marching Band and other game day
Homecoming Game vs. Nicholls State
2:30 p.m. - Turpin Stadium
4:00 p.m. (approx.) - Turpin Stadium
Band Alumni Party (members only)
5:30 p.m. (approx.) - Alumni Center
Entertainers Reunion Reception
5:30 p.m. (approx.) -Student Union Ballroom
Purple Pizzazz Pom Pon Line Reunion
Reception (members only)
5:30 p.m. (approx.) - Alumni Center
Postgame Reception for Homecoming Court
5:30 p.m. (approx.) - Steve and Lori Stroud
Hospitality Room, Athletic Fieldhouse
(by invitation only)
N-Club Activities (members only)
5:30 p.m. (approx.) - Shriners' Club
"Boogie on the Bricks"
7:00 p.m. (approx.) - Front Street
Join Demon fans in the Historic District for live
music, food an drink as Natchitoches puts on its
best for the Demons! Enjoy the sounds of Johnny
Earthquake and the Moondogs.
Other Homecoming Activities
5K "Run for Richard"
Annual 5K run to benefit the Richard Ware
Scholarship Fund. For more information, please
call Charlie Vienne at 357-4295.
Catholic Student Organization
For more information, please call Don Barker at
357-5901 or email at email@example.com.
Pi Kappa Phi Founders Group Reunion
For more information, please call the NSU Alumni
Center at 357-4414 or 1-888-799-6486.
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Homecoming Events, Catch the Action
NSU Retirees Reception
All Northwestern retirees are invited to the annual reception,
which will be held at the newly renovated Family and
Consumer Science Building from 3-4 p.m. This will give
retirees the chance to relive the good times they had at
Northwestern and pass that tradition down to current students
Homecoming Golf Tournament
NSU alumni and friends who love to golf can participate in the
annual golf scramble on the 1 8-hole golf course for $50 per
player. This includes a golf cart and lunch provided by Coach
Gene Knecht. Lunch will be served at 12 p.m. and tee time is
at 1 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling Hall Adams at
the NSU Recreation Complex at (318) 357-3207.
Mark your calendar to attend the annual Homecoming
Banquet in the Friedman Student Union Ballroom at 7 p.m. Be
sure to congratulate the recipients of the Long Purple Line, the
President's Distinguished Service Award and the N-Club
Inductees. There will be a social prior to the banquet held
from 6:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. in the lobby of the Friedman
College of Education Reunion
Graduates of the College of Education are invited to attend a
breakfast that will honor the inductees of the College's Hall of
Distinguished Educators. The breakfast will be at 8 a.m. in the
Teachers Education Building.
N-Club Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Everyone is invited to attend the N-Club Hall of Fame
Induction Ceremony. The purpose of this ceremony is to
recognize those individuals who have distinguished
themselves in the field of intercollegiate athletics at NSU
either by virtue of their performance on athletic teams
representing the university or by meritorious efforts on behalf
of the athletic programs at the university. The ceremony will
be at 10 a.m. in the Stroud Room.
1953 Football Team/1953 Swim Team Reunion
The NSU Alumni Association and the NSU Athletic
Association team up to host the Golden Anniversary Reunion
of the 1953 football team, better known as "the greatest team
that ever won G.S.C. title at NSC." The reunion will be held
in conjunction with the 1953 Swim Team reunion Saturday,
October 25 at 10 a.m. in the Stroud Room of the Field House.
Entertainers Reunion Reception
The NSU Alumni Association will host a reunion for The
Entertainers. Be sure to come by and reminisce about the
annual performances for the Red River Revel, State Fair
Games and the Natchitoches Christmas Festival. The reunion
will be held Saturday, October 25 at 5:30 p.m. in the Friedman
Student Union Ballroom.
Family and Consumer Science Building Open House
All alumni and friends are invited to see the newly renovated
and state of the art Family and Consumer Science Building.
The building will be open and tours are available.
College of Business Alumni Brunch
All graduates of the College of Business are invited to attend a
brunch that will honor inductees of the College's Hall of
Distinction. This honor is reserved for alumni and faculty who
have distinguished them selves through professional success,
philanthropic endeavors, and/or outstanding service to their
alma mater. The brunch will be at 1 1 a.m. in the Natchitoches
Room of Russell Hall.
Looking for good friends and delicious food? The Alumni
Association will be serving plate lunches for $5 per person.
What a great way to catch up with old friends!
Alumni are welcomed to join in the celebration of the 75*
anniversary of the Alpha Zeta Chapter of Tri Sigma. Activities
will begin Friday, October 24 with a reception at the
Prudhome Roquier House from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. On
Saturday morning, there will be an open house of the Alpha
Zeta Lodge and tailgating before the game beginning at
Boogie on the Bricks
Too excited to go home after the game? Join Demon fans
downtown Natchitoches for live music, food and drinks!
Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs with help you dance the
Catholic Student Organization Reunion
Join current members of the CSO as they honor longtime CSO
supporters Walter Ledet, Marietta Lebreton, and the late Elise
James. Come celebrate with us in our reunion reception and
Alumni Columns Fall 2003 / 7
Annie Reed ('49), Mary
Jo Gautreaux O'Quin
('49) and Kathryn
('48) enjoyed time
together at the 50+
Reunion this spring.
Betty Johnston, Richard Johnston
('50), Arnold Kilpatricic ('49) and
Juanita Cardozier Kilpatrick ('49)
visited during the luncheon for the
Chester O'Quin ('49) and John
W. Davis ('48) swapped stories
at the 50+ Reunion during the
Ryan Robertson ('99),
Richard Armstrong ('01)
and Jason St. Germain ('02)
enjoyed food and fun at the
Baton Rouge reception held
in conjunction with the
Louisiana High School
Tony ( 73) and Liz ( '70) Carter attended the annual
reception held in conjunction with the Louisiana
High School Coaches Association Conference in
Joe Stephenson ('75) and his wife Gail
Sweeney Stephenson ('76) visited with
other Baton Rouge alumni during a
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Malcolm Rene" ("92). Mike Gallien
("81). Alison Bulot ("02) and Brad
Miller ('98) were among the Houston
alumni at the annual crawfish boil.
The Bonnette family
gathered for a fun day of
golf with NSU alumni and
friends during the annual
Buddy Bonnette Golf
I Byrne ('48) and Anne Wilson
I visited with other Houston alumni
I at the crawfish boil.
Valeria Kelly ("75). Dr. Thomas
Hennigan ("51) and Mary Walker
display a book donated to the book
auction at the library science
^ reunion. Proceeds of the auction
■^ went to the Dorathy Nickey Libran.
. Science Scholarship Fund.
I ielen Sorrell ( '60) and Leola Loftin ( "39) visited during the
annual library science reunion.
Don Purser ("69) and Tomiii\ McGinnis enjoyed visiting at
the annual Winnfield alumni reception.
Alumni Columns Fall 2003 / 9
Endowed Scholarships Provide
Significant Opportunities for NSU
Northwestern student athletes are representatives in the
classroom as well as on a playing field or court. This is
enhanced by the commitment of Northwestern alumni who
generously give to back to NSU by endowing athletic
NCAA rules and regulations stipulate a maximum number
of scholarships that can be awarded in each of the 14 sports
sponsored by NSU. NSU Athletic Director Greg Burke feels
that enabling NSU's coaches to offer the full limit of
scholarships in their respective sport helps from a competitive
perspective and brings more young people to NSU.
Keeping up with the rising costs of scholarships is a
challenge. Endowed scholarships help overcome this hurdle.
NSU's athletic scholarship budget has risen by more than
$400,000 since Burke became NSU's athletic director in 1996.
Fourteen of the 18 endowed athletic scholarships have given
in the past 6 years.
"NSU is extremely grateful to those whose commitment,
through a permanently endowed scholarship fund, better
secures the financial foundation of its athletic program and
allows NSU to continue offering scholarships at the maximum
limit in every sport," said NSU Athletic Director Greg Burke.
"More importanily, the educational and athletic opportunities
provided to quality young people through these endowments
are so significant."
Three endowed scholarships reflect a variety of reasons
for giving to the NSU athletic program.
The fully endowed Dan and Lilly Chase Athletic
Scholarship is a reflection of the love and dedication the
former students have for each other as well as Northwestern
and its athletics program. Dan Chase, a former NSU football
player, is the chairman and CEO of Dan Chase Taxidermy
Supply Co, Inc, The Chases live in Baton Rouge where they
frequently open their home for NSU alumni events.
When Pauline Jobe was an athlete over 50 years ago, her
participation in college athletics was limited. Northwestern
has since seen growth to eight women's sports. With this
increase came a greater need for scholarship opportunities.
Jobe took a giant step toward meeting that need when she
established the Pauline Jobe Scholarship for Women, the first
endowment to benefit a young woman each year. Jobe is a
1942 NSU graduate. She worked for Exxon Company for 42
years and still lives in Baton Rouge.
The Charlie Ragus Athletic Scholarship continues Ragus's
life-long commitment to health and sports. Ragus was the
founder of AdvoCare International, a line of leading-edge
nutritional products that are used and endorsed by world-class
athletes including Steve McNair, Jim Miller, Suzy Powell,
Ward Burton and Kyle Petty. AdvoCare also provides life-
changing programs such as DebtBuster and Leadership 2000
to help participant change their life and pulling themselves out
of debt and developing leadership skills. Ragus was an NSU
football player who played professionally for the Kansas City
Scholarships can be funded in the following ways-
through an outright gift, life income gift, bequests included in
wills or through life insurance. Also, scholarships can be
funded over a muki-year time period. The size of each athlefic
scholarship fund determines the amount of annual funding
which is provided towards the cost of a grant-in-aid.
"Ideally, it would be beneficial to have an endowment
from which income alone each year underwrites the cost of all
scholarships," Burke said.""If this were to occur, the nearly $1
million that the athletic program currently spends for
scholarships could be redirected to other avenues which would
enhance the athletic program.
"A fund of this kind would guarantee NSU's ability to
always offer athletics scholarship to the full limits allowed by
For more information on creating an endowed scholarship
please contact Charlie Vienne, assistant athletic director for
external relations at (318) 357-4295.
State Dean of Students
Dudley Gilbert Fulton,
Sr. were held Friday,
Aug. 22 at 2 p.m. at
First United Methodist
Dudley Gilbert Fulton Natchitoches.
Fulton, 88, died Sunday, August 17. He
donated his body to medical research.
Fulton was dean of students at
Northwestern for 23 years and was
instrumental in beginning the master's
program in student personnel services. He
was co-founder of the Blue Key National
Honor Fraternity at NSU.
A native of Baker, Fulton grew up in
Campti. He was a 1935 graduate of Louisiana
State Normal College (now Northwestern),
Fulton earned a master's degree at Louisiana
State University. Fulton went to work at
Northwestern in 1948 as associate director of
student personnel and also served as director of
He was listed in Who's Who in American
College and University Administrators. After
retiring as dean of men, he taught psychology at
NSU for three years. In addition, he was
principal at Natchitoches Academy. Fulton was a
retired lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy
with service in World War II.
The university honored him by establishing
the Dean Fulton Award. The award, which is not
given every year, is presented to a student, staff
or faculty member at Northwestern whose
meaningful contributions to Northwestern are in
the high traditions of selflessness and service
established by Fulton.
In 2000, Fulton was inducted into the NSU
Hall of Distinction, the Long Purple Line.
He was preceded in death by his parents,
the Rev. Jessie Ben Fulton and Dora Barr
Fulton; brothers J.B. Fulton and Clyde B.
Fulton; sisters Alma Kellum and Ina
Holstead; first wife Ruby Chandler Fulton
and second wife Mary Legendre Cloutier
Fulton. Survivors include a brother, Fred C.
Fulton of West Monroe; a sister, Daisy
Bergeron of Shreveport; two children, Dudley
(Dee) Gilbert Fuhon, Jr of Minden and
Susan Fulton Odabas of Turkey; and six step-
children, C. Edgar Cloutier III of New
Orleans, Elise Cloutier of Annapolis, Md.,
Lynn Cloutier Dixon of Black Rock, Ark.,
Lou Cloutier Whitehead of Hattiesburg,
Miss., and Amy Cloutier Hough and William
Pierre (Bill) Cloutier of Natchitoches, 15
grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Honorary pallbearers will be members
of the Ramada Inn Coffee Club.
Donations can be made in his memory
to the Dean Dudley G. Fulton Scholarship
Fund at Northwestern State University.
Alumni Columns Fall 2003 / 10
North western sees tremendous
growth in women's athletics
Thirty years ago, crowds weren't big
for the limited women's athletics
events at Northwestern and media
attention was almost nonexistent. But
through hard work and perseverance,
women's athletics has become a vital
part of the athletic program.
NSU's women's athletics program
has grown to eight sports and provides
each coach with the full allotment of
scholarships allowed by the NCAA.
Northwestern's commitment to women's
athletics has paid off. The women's
soccer program is aiming for its third
trip to the NCAA Tournament in four
years while the softball team won three
straight conference titles. In women's
basketball, the Lady Demons have won
two conference titles and beaten teams
such as Notre Dame, Clemson, Iowa and
Texas A&M. The women's outdoor track
team produced its first Ail-American
this past season.
"We make strides in improving all
of our programs each year. It is
something we are committed to," said
athletic director Greg Burke. "We do
gender equity reports each year and we
have a lot to put in them in terms of
progress. Attention is paid to women's
programs and we want to continue
providing better opportunities."
But the women's program was far
from stable and received meager support
in the early 1970's.
"When we went on the road, we
rode in university station wagons and
had to pay for our own rooms and food."
said Dr. Patricia Pierson, a former
women's basketball player and head
coach who is now head of NSU's
Department of Family and Consumer
Sciences. "We've come a long, long way
Pierson was the first woman in
Louisiana to receive an athletic
scholarship. In 1974, Northwestern
funded half scholarships for women's
basketball and volleyball players. She
credited former president Dr. Arnold
Kilpatrick and vice president for
business affairs Loneta Graves for
helping the program advance.
"They had a lot of vision," said
Pierson. "Offering athletic scholarships
to women wasn't popular. Northwestern
was pioneering in this area."
Northwestern added tennis in 1978
Softball in 1979, indoor and outdoor
track and cross country in 1986 and
soccer in 1996. And in that time, the
university has increased coaching staffs
and improved facilities. The softball
field got lights in 1999 and a project has
begun to raise money to put lights on the
soccer field by next season.
"Our goal is to be the best in the
conference," said senior women's
administrator Julie Lessiter, a former
member of NSU's women's track, cross
country and tennis teams. "We put a
great deal of care into providing as
much as we can for the women's
programs, which includes promoting the
One object of pride for the women's
programs is their strong performance in
the classroom. Last fall, each women's
team had an average grade point average
of at least 3.05.
"That kind of performance is
phenomenal," said Lessiter, who is also
the Athletic Department's academic
advisor. "The female athletes have a
clearer perspective and work to earn a
Students provide a Hnk between athletes and administration
Student-athletes have an easy way to answer questions or
concerns that may develop while they are playing at
Northwestern. The university has developed a Student-Athlete
Advisory Council (SAAC) to serve as an liaison between
student-athletics and the athletic administration.
The council includes two members from each athletic
team at NSU and meets monthly during the fall and spring
"It is beneficial for us to have a place to bring our
concerns," said Cathy Herring, a council member who is on
the Northwestern volleyball team. "If anyone has a problem,
they can bring it to us and (senior women's administrator)
Julie (Lessiter) or (athletic director) Mr. (Greg) Burke will try
to take care of it."
According to Lessiter, the advisory council is a quick way
to get information to student-athletes who have varying
practice and game schedules.
"We keep them up to date on new NCAA legislation, the
university's gender equity plan, NCAA certification and our
miniority plan," she said. "We also use it as our vehicle to
perform community service. The members of the council can
also go back to their team and tell them what is going on
within the department."
The council has also helped student-athletes look beyond
their own sports.
"We all have a better understandng of what goes on in
other sports and why certain things happen." said council
member Camila Prado, a sophomore from Call, Columbia,
who is on the women's tennis team. "We understand the
priorities and .see how the department works."
Student-athletes may sometimes hear misleading
information about another sport and the council gives them an
easy way to get accurate information and relay it to their
"The council was able to find out what was happening at
the track along with other issues," said Herring, a senior from
Hammond, Ind. "We also learned about fund raising and
where the money goes."
Prado says the council helped the tennis team address a
problem that the administration was not aware of.
"We had problems with the lights and the wind screen at
the tennis complex, but we didn't know where to go to solve
the problem," said Prado. "It was brought up at a meeting and
was taken care of"
Lessiter said the SAAC helps Northwestern have a better
"We want their opinion and for the voice of the student-
athlete to be heard," said Lessiter, a Northwestern alumnus
who was a member of the women's track and tennis team. "It's
an important line of communication for us."
Alumni Columns Fall 2003 / 1 1
Odessa Margarite Gremillion Ducote is
retired and lives in Baton Rouge.
Melba I. Pennington Bray is a retired teacher
and lives in Many.
Melva Ash Mayson Maxey retired from the
Calcasieu Parish School Board and lives in
Jesse W. Crooks is the executive director of
Jesse Crooks Ministries, married and lives in
Robbie Sue McNaughton Williams-Soileau
is a consultant dietitian and nutritionist. She
is married and lives in Lake Charles.
Sharon Corbell Bodkin is retired, married
and lives in Nordland, Wash.
(DeDe) Louise Desiree Hudson Anderson is
employed the U.S. Air Force as a
confidential assistant to the secretary of the
air force. She is married and lives in
Ronald Perry is the step-up operator for
ExxonMobil Refining and Supply Company
and the minister of music at his church. He
lives in Baton Rouge.
Mary L. Williams Gaudet is a retired teacher
and lives in El Paso, Texas.
Ms. Margie Jules is a retired teacher and
lives Fair Haven, Mich.
Betsy Nina Smith Morris is a free-lance
writer and lives in Green Bay, Wis.
Walter E. Butler Jr is a retired U.S. Army
Major, married and lives in San Antonio.
James Kenneth Howard is a retired school
teacher and osteo researcher. He is married
and lives in Shreveport.
Harvey Gerald Cook retired from U.S. Steel
in Baytown, Texas. He is married to Mary
Ann Cook ('57) and lives in Brenham,
Ida Anne Torrans is a retired professor and
lives in Shreveport.
Carl O. Speed is a retired school
administrator and owner of Speed Insurance.
He is married and lives in Hammond.
Patricia (Patsy) Sue Johnson Salard is a staff
nurse for the East Baton Rouge Council on
Aging. She is married and lives in Jackson.
Warren Taylor Price Jr. is employed by the
Department of Health and Hospitals as the
assistant secretary in the Office of Mental
Health. He is married to Frances Storey
Price ('63) and lives in Ethel.
Kent M. Willoughby is a ski instructor at
Vail Resorts and lives in Silverthorne, Colo.
Ron L. Jinkins is employed at Gallon
Petroleum as a geologist. He is married to S.
Kay Brewer Jinkins ('65) and lives in
Heinz Faber is the principal engineer at Bell
Helicopter Textron and lives in Colleyville,
Eva Nell Hampton Clark retired from the
Caddo Parish School Board as an elementary
supervisor and lives in Shreveport.
Henry Hugh Joyner is retired, married and
lives in Beaumont, Texas.
Kim Gardiner is a quality assurance manager
at LSU and lives in Baton Rouge.
Kathy McCown Lester is currently director
of special education in the Dallas
Independent School District.
Ralph Edward Stapleton is director of
logistics for the Louisiana National Guard in
Pineville. He is married to Donna Merchant
Stapleton ('70) and lives in Oakdale.
Gary Woods is the biomedical account
manager for Patriot Medical, The Physicians
Centre. He is married and lives in Bryan,
Susan M. Guimbellot Sturdivant is a teacher
at Winnfield Primary School, married and
lives in Winnfield.
Peggy Dawn Giddens Ivins is a teacher at
Vivian Middle Magnet and lives in Vivian.
Cynthia A. DeCoux Stone is a learning
support specialist at the American School in
Japan, Tokyo, Japan. She is married and
lives in Glen Allen, Va.
Ronald (Ron) Dale Carson is a charge nurse
at Lifecare Hospital in Shreveport and lives
in Bossier City.
Bill Hochstetler is a financial advisor for
Edward Jones Investment and lives in
Charlie Grau retired from the Navy after 25
years of service. He is a logistics program
manager for the First Naval Construction
Division in Norfolk, Va., married and lives
in Virginia Beach, Va.
Denise Duvall is a contracting officer for the
Naval Facilities Engineering Command
Southwest Division and lives in San Diego,
Adrienne Lea Broadwater is employed at
Nortel Networks in Technical Training for
IMS/CSE MX and lives in Richardson,
Walter Murrell Walker Jr. is a senior Army
Instructor (JROTC) at Grant High School,
married and lives in Colfax.
Leigh Wood Jonson is the vice-principal at
Franklin Academy, married and lives in
Rev. Ruby Margurite Harper Burns is the
volunteer director of pastoral care at Laurel
Pregnancy Center, married and lives in
Matthew Laccheo is a senior auditor for
Defense Contract Audit Agency and lives in
Newport News, Va.
Carlos Zamora is retired the United States
Air Force and the Postal Service. He is
married and lives in Haughton.
Gerald W. Fontenot is a self-employed oil
field consultant and lives in Eunice.
Alumni Columns Fall 2003 / 12
Karen Steinmetz Myers is the supervisor of
managed care services at Cambridge
Integrated Services, married and lives in
Rob Medlin is a regional sales manager for
National Panel Systems, married and lives in
Sydney Forrester is a financial analyst for
International Paper and lives in Moscow,
Tracy Elizabeth Bedell is a professor at
Johnson County Community College and
lives in Lawrence, Kan.
Durelle Black Fullenkamp is a retired U.S.
Air Force Lt. Col., married and lives in
Daphne Cassandra Douglas Bemestine is a
manager at Arrow Metal Stamping Co. Inc.,
married and lives in Compton, Calif.
Anthony Wann is an acquisition officer at
the Pentagon, married and lives in Burke,
Bertha Maxie is a commissioned officer in
the United States Army and lives in
Colorado Springs, Colo.
Jonnette (Ruthie) Eitel Book is a domestic
engineer. She is married to Dr. Gregory W.
Book ('91) and lives in Phoenix, Ariz.
Brenda Reed Nelson is an element chief with
the medical surgical unit at Eglin Air Force
Base, married and lives in Mary Ester, Fla.
Farnetta Faye Green-Sowell is clinic
manager at The National Center for
Addictive Disorders and lives in
Eben Gallent Cook is employed at Rapides
Regional Hospital as a nurse anesthetist. He
is married to Angela Lacour Cook ("95) and
lives in Alexandria.
Crell Anthony Sikorsky, MED, CSCS is an
exercise physiologist employed with the
J.C.C, N.O.L.T.C. and M.P.C.D.H.S. in New
Orleans. He is also certified through USATF
as an official and lives in Kenner.
Boozman '76 & '79
NSU alumnus Emma Ellerman
Boozman continues a tradition of
creating fine basketball players by
taking what she learned on
Northwestern's basketball court and
using it at Natchitoches Central High
Boozman traveled all over Natchitoches Parish before
landing where she is today. After graduating from NSU in '76
with a bachelor's in health and physical education, Boozman
taught and coached at Fairview Alpha High School while
completing her master's in physical education. A school
consolidation took her to Campti High School in 1981.
At Campti, now known as Lakeview High School, her team
won back-to-back state championships. In 1987, Boozman
moved on to NCHS where she now teaches physical education
and coaches girls'basketball.
Boozman was part of a new beginning at Northwestern in
women's athletics where she played basketball and volleyball.
"I have wonderful memories of NSU," Boozman said. "I
was one of the first women to receive a scholarship to play at
Northwestern. Title IX was just starting. We were instrumental
in where the program was going. Back then, NSU was one of
only two schools to have women's basketball in the state. We
were on the ground floor as far as getting the program going and
beginning our careers."
Boozman, a member of the Graduate 'N' club, is proud that
she studied at Northwestern and feels that being a student at
NSU gave her an edge when she began her career.
"NSU had the best health and physical education department
in the state and in the area," she said. "I had a great education
that prepared me to become a teacher and coach."
Join the Graduate "N" Club
The Northwestern State University Graduate "N" Club is comprised of
former Northwestern athletes who support the university, its athletes and
athletic programs. If you are a lettered athlete and would like to become
a member of the Graduate "N" Club, please contact Gil Gilson at (318)
677-3141 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alumni Columns Fall 2003 / 13
Class Notes/Profiles .
Walter Brett Harris is a senior software
engineer at GHG Corporation. He is married
and lives in Seabrook, Texas.
Dr. Gregory Ward Book is a senior engineer
and project manager at Intel Corporation.
He is married to Ruthie Book ('88) and lives
in Phoenix, Ariz.
Carletta Danene Anthony Jones is a fourth
grade teacher at Provencal Elementary
School. She is married and lives in
Yalaunda Yvette Toliver Taylor is an
elementary school teacher and lives in
Patricia Lord Terry is a registered nurse at
the University Medical Center. She is
married and lives in Las Vegas, Nev.
Michael Rowley is a computer operations
specialist at the University of Texas at
Austin. He is the webmaster, sings in the
choir and serves on the finance and witness
committees at Grace United Methodist
Church. He lives in Austin, Texas
Jeff L. Powell is employed by Texas Parks
and Wildlife as a state game warden in Ellis
County and lives in Waxahachie, Texas
Dana Darlene Norsworthy Permenter is
employed by Louisiana Department of
Wildlife and Fisheries as a wildlife educator.
She is married and lives in Columbia.
Laurie Ann Coco Moreau is a controller at
American Gateway Bank, married and lives
in Port Allen.
Brian Brown '90
Brian Brown, 1990 NSU graduate, has
taken life skills learned at Northwestern
and uses them as the assistant men's cross
country/track and field coach at Drake
"I can honestly say that all of my memories of being a student at
NSU are great," Brown said. "I marvel at the way our coaches were
able to create the perfect environment for all of us to succeed.
Coaches Leon Johnson, Steve Thomas, Chris Maggio, Dean Johnson
and others were wonderful to work with."
"They were so knowledgeable and gifted in their abilities but, at
the same time, compassionate and caring. They were more concerned
with my development and growth as an individual more so than as
an athlete. To this day, as I continue to coach young men and women,
I still try to utilize many of the skills, philosophies and approaches
that Leon exemplified."
Brown won the 1989 U.S. Outdoor Championships and the 1990
NCAA Indoor Championships while competing as a Demon. After
completing a degree in industrial technology he began to pursue a
career in athletics and competed internationally as a high jumper.
When an injury left Brown temporarily unable to compete he began
working as a graduate assistant coach and completed his Master's
of Public Administration at the University of Missouri.
Stacy Taff Omo is an IT security specialist at
the United States Air Force Academy. She is
married to Alan W. Omo ('94) and lives in
Terri Lynne Smart Duhon is a fourth grade
teacher at Bryan Independent School
District. She is married and lives in Bryan,
Sean Huggins is a captain in the United
States Army and stationed at Fort Hood in
Steven De Wayne Miller is the head track and
assistant football coach at Olive Branch
High School. He is married and lives in
Olive Branch, Miss.
In 1996, Brown once again began competing. He won the Milrose
Games in 1997, was second at the 1998 U.S. Indoor Championships
and third at the 1998 U.S. Outdoor Championships.
In 1998 Brown and his family made the move to Drake University
where he and his wife. Silver Olympic Medalist Natasha Kaiser
Brown, are both coaching. He is currently working on his doctorate.
"Personally and career-wise, NSU will always be a part of who I
am," Brown said. "I'll never forget the moments I shared as a student
and as an athlete. I am proud to be an alumnus and will try to be an
ambassador of our great university and the fantastic 'City of Lights.'"
Alumni Columns Fall 2003/ 14
Jennifer Bumm Alleman is a family nurse
practitioner at the Allergy and Asthma Clinic
of Southern New Mexico. She is married
and lives in Las Cruces, N.M.
Joseph Max Bamett is a urology specialist
for Merck Pharmaceuticals and captain and
commander for the Army Reserves. He is
currently on active duty in the Middle East,
where he is commander of B-Co 489"" EN
BN U.S. Army Reserves. He is married to
Courtney Melaina Schexnayder Bamett ('97)
and lives in Cabot, Ark.
James E. "Eddie" Foust is a project manager
for Highland Homes Holdings. He is
married to Andrea Gibson Foust ("95) and
lives in Little Elm, Texas.
Carrie Ann Clark Hitt is director of bands at
Cathedral Carmel Catholic School, married
and lives in Lafayette.
Katherine Carderara Bennett is a technology
teacher at Alexandria Middle Magnet
School, married and lives in Pineville.
Merrick Elizabeth Weston Morrow is a
seventh grade teacher for the DeSoto County
School District. She is married and lives in
Jeremy Talton will be starting law school in
the fall at Southern Methodist University
and lives in Dallas.
Melodi Crowson is an office coordinator-
commissioner for the Louisiana Department
of Insurance and lives in Baton Rouge.
Tammy Joan ("TJ"") Marsh is an athletic
trainer for Jamestown Regional Medical
Center and lives in Cookeville, Tenn.
Len Bryan is a teacher and coach at Keller
Middle School. He is married and lives in
Dwanna Fobbs Sowell is an accountant at
AIM Investments and lives in Houston.
Donald Hardin is a band director for the
Kilgore Independent School District,
member of the East Texas Symphonic Band
and the Texas Bandmasters Association. He
lives in Longview. Texas.
Sherry Verdel Browning was recently
inducted into Chi Sigma lota, the Counseling
Academic and Professional Honor Society
International, Omega Mu Chapter. She is
married and lives in Virginia.
Clint R. Magana is employed with the US
Army as an OR nurse and is presently on
active duty with the 21" combat support
hospital. He is married to Danielle Magana
('00) and lives in San Antonio.
Clay Scott Bowlin is an insurance producer
for Farm Bureau in Desoto Parish. He is
married to Aimee Mayeux Bowlin ("98) and
lives in Keithville.
Patrick Brown is an assistant supply officer
for the U.S. Navy. He is stationed in Japan
on the USS John S. McCain.
Rebecca Lloyd is a research scientist at
Battelle Memorial Institute and lives in
Jenny L. Criswell Musumeche is a registered
nurse for Advantage Nursing Services. She
is married and lives in Youngsville.
Dominic Koon is a logistics manager for
Nokia, married and lives in Corinth. Texas.
Chad Everett Franklin is a manager for
FedEx. He is married to Kelly Cobb
Franklin ("99) and lives in Alexandria.
Daphne Roxann Nolen is a teacher at East
Beauregard High School and lives in Pitkin.
Angela Rene Self Hayes is a fourth grade
teacher at Winntleld Intermediate School.
She is married and lives in Winnfield.
Jill Morgan works in sales at Lord and
Taylor in Houston and lives in Houston.
Timothy Wiley is employed by
TrafficLeader Inc. as an agency specialist.
He is married and lives in Eugene, Ore.
Allyson Renee Murrell is a kindergarten
teacher at Estherwood Elementary in Acadia
Parish and lives in Crowley.
Kacey Angel Roberts is a radiologic
technologist at Lane Memorial Hospital in
Zachary. and lives in St. Francisville.
Alicia Suzanne Craig is graduate assistant
for NSU Alumni Association and lives in
Mary Francis Gates Guin is a social worker
at Southeast Louisiana Hospital. She is
married to Jerrod Cane Guin ("02) and lives
in Baton Rouge.
Angela M. Scott recently graduated from the
Basic Hospital Corps School at Naval
Hospital Corps School in Great Lakes, 111.
Gina Prince is employed by New Iberia
Recreation Department as a recreation
specialist and lives in New Iberia.
Clint P. Sanford is an educator for the
Beauregard Parish School Board. He is
married to Kathryn Sanford (02) and lives
LaTessa D. Allen is a program specialist and
social worker for the Volunteers of America,
and lives in Alexandria.
Chen Xiao is currently attending graduate
school at the University of Augsburg and
lives in Augsburg, Germany.
Jerrod Cane Guin is an industrial engineer
intern for Walmart Stores, Inc. He is
married to Mary Frances Guin (01) and
lives in Baton Rouge.
Jennifer Rachelle Field Mabou is an agency
executive assistant for State Farm Insurance
Companies. She is married to Courtney B.
Mabou ("02) and lives in Sulphur.
James Clements is a programmer analyst for
Tyco Plastics and Adhesives and lives in
Marilyn Anne Richard Hillman,
Shreveport, August 1 1. 2003
Royce O. Willis, Maryville. Tenn..
November 14. 2002
Rena Norsworthy Buckley,
Natchitoches, June 8, 2003
'35 Dudley Gilbert Fulton,
Natchitoches, August, 2003
"35 Gwendolyn Lavender Trosclair,
Sulphur, May 14,2003
"66 Charles Chester Clark, Shreveport,
February 2, 2003
Alumni Columns Fall 2003 / 15
Class Notes/ Profiles
Northwestern 's first Gulf States Conference crown, an offer to the Shrimp Bowl and a Coach of the Year all defined the
legendary 1953 Demon football team. The team of outstanding athletes set a precedent for future Demons and hailed
bragging rights for their accomplishments.
The 1953 team placed three players on the All-GSC team; Don Millen. John Abies and Bob Tatum. It was no surprise when
Coach Harry "Rags" Turpin was honored as Coach of the Year in the GSC as he gave much of the credit to his assistants Walter
Ledet, Charles Thomas and Alvin Brown.
One former player remembers the close-knit team with fond memories.
"That was a special group," said Dr. Dan Carr. "We came together and had a lot of good games. One of my memories with
the team was the dorm life. Our dorm mother, Mrs. Webber, made it like a home rather than a dorm. That seemed to bring us
For their golden anniversary the "greatest team that ever won the GSC title at NSC" will reunite during NSU's
Homecoming activities to share memories and swap stories of the great athletes of their time. For more information contact the
NSU Alumni Association at (888) 799-6486 or (318) 357-4414.
Can you guess the names of these two 1953
football captains? If so, please contact the
Office of Alumni Affairs at (318) 357-4414
or (888) 799-6486. The first five people to
call with the correct answers will win a prize!
Alumni Columns Fall 2003 / 16
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